Where Are They Now - Moe Gardner

Aug. 28, 2014

Moe Gardner DT - 1987-1990

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Coach John Mackovic called Moe Gardner "the best player at any position in college football" during his senior season in 1990. Gardner was a two-time First-Team All-America defensive tackle in 1989 and 90, two-time Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 1989 and 90, and the 1989 Big Ten Lineman-of-the-Year. In addition, Moe was a three-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection for the Illini. Aggressive play from Gardner helped lead Illinois to three-straight bowl game appearances and a Big Ten co-championship in 1990. Gardner made 20 tackles-for-loss (-92 yards) and nine quarterback sacks (-73 yards) as a senior. He was also named as a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Gardner in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Gardner recorded 96 tackles and three sacks in the 1991 NFL season. Statistically, his best year came in 1993 as he recorded 128 tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble; finishing second overall on the team. After six seasons with the Falcons, Gardner racked up 420 total tackles, 10 sacks, and recovered two fumbles.

After football, Gardner earned a master's degree in library science at Clark Atlanta. He is now the program division manager on African-American Culture and History at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, where he is responsible for creating events and galleries. In 2010, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced Moe Gardner's name on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Today, Gardner and his family live in Atlanta, Georgia.